Stick­ing-plas­ter so­lu­tions to the teach­ing cri­sis

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – In­stead of spend­ing £10mil­lion on re­cruit­ing 600 for­eign teach­ers who are un­fa­mil­iar with our na­tional cur­ricu­lum (re­port, July 15), the Govern­ment should try to find out why so many qual­i­fied, ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers are leav­ing the pro­fes­sion.

Stick­ing plas­ters won’t im­prove the sit­u­a­tion: the Govern­ment needs to get to the root of the prob­lem. It should be speak­ing to teach­ers – not those in the pri­vate sec­tor or the leafy sub­urbs, but in the real world where they are of­ten work­ing more than 70 hours a week (in­clud­ing in the evenings and at week­ends) in or­der to keep abreast of the lu­di­crous tar­gets that have been im­posed on them. Denise Hosk­ing

Up­min­ster, Es­sex

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